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“I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

"How can the general public insist upon disclosure when they set the tone and grounds for unsuccessful disclosure?" Samantha offers her takeaway from " Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights."

 “I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

On June 15, 2017 the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network held a symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights. The symposium focused on unjust HIV criminal legislation in Canada. Canada unfortunately has one of the worst records in the world for the overly broad use of criminal laws to address HIV nondisclosure. Panels of experts and those with lived experience of HIV criminalization presented their research and experiences. The legal experts di

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

published: July, 04, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

PositiveLite.com's L.A. Correspondent, Louis Kengi Carr goes to L.A. Pride and is reminded of the things that keep him strong in his advocacy.

Keeping love centre at Pride LA

Full disclosure. Let’s just get this out of the way up front ok? I’ve been gay my entire life and I’ve never once attended gay pride. Well not the mainstream gay pride. It just never felt like something I wanted to attend because as a Black man I’ve never felt welcomed, embraced or celebrated by gay pride. It’s just too white for me and let’s just be honest, West Hollywood doesn’t represent the fullness of gay life and it certainly does not represent the City of Los Angeles eithe

Taboo sex, racism, and gay men: a chat in black and white

published: July, 03, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

In this interview by Mark S. King, Charles Stephens provides a searing indictment of racism among gay men and within HIV organizations. If you consider yourself a white ally to people of color, the level of your real commitment is about to be challenged.

Taboo sex, racism, and gay men: a chat in black and white

Detail from Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s “Untitled,” courtesy of Autograph, London In thirty years of HIV work alongside black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it’s that very hesitancy, according to black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism worse. Charles, the founder of the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, proved to be the perfect person with whom to chat about race (and

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Hep B and C, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Michael Liddell: "... people who use drugs and their allies are using the mantra of 'nothing about us without us' to organize and demand action."

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

At the opening of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal held in Montreal in May of this year, the Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced that more people have died in the overdose epidemic in the past few years than during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 80s and early 90s. This fact is made even more tragic considering that it need not happen. This grim reality was on the minds of many and was the catalyst for a workshop hosted by Direction 180

Horwath hosts Pharmacare roundtable focused on tackling barriers to HIV prevention, treatment

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Horwath: “Whether it’s PrEP or HIV treatment, we believe that no one should have to empty their wallet to get the medicine they need,”

Horwath hosts Pharmacare roundtable focused on tackling barriers to HIV prevention, treatment

QUEEN’S PARK – Today (June 20, 2017) , Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath hosted a roundtable discussion with people living with HIV and leaders in the fight to improve access to HIV treatment and prevention in Ontario. A key topic during the discussion was the cost of life-saving drugs to treat and prevent HIV, and the NDP Pharmacare plan.  “Whether it’s PrEP or HIV treatment, we believe that no one should have to empty their wallet to get the medicine they need,” said Horwath.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned. From Newsweek, Scott A. Schoettes has this report.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

To read the complete article by Scott A. Schoettes, visit Newsweek, here. Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks z

Rethinking justice with renewed hope

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver attends the 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and comes away with a sense of cautious optimism.

Rethinking justice with renewed hope

So there I was, getting up at three in the morning once again in order to get to Toronto in time for an event. The event in this case was "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights" and I'd been looking forward to it especially since I knew a representative of the federal government would be there and I was very keen to hear what that representative might have to say to us. Two buses and a train later, I was in Toronto, waiting for the symposium to begin. First off, Trevor

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver interviews Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network at "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

One of the things that made the “Rethinking Justice: 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights” a “must-attend” for me was the presence of Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network and foremost expert on HIV criminalization worldwide. PositiveLite.com had interviewed Edwin before and published him as well, but that was all the way back in 2012 and 2016 so I attended the symposium hoping for the chance of an interview. I wasn’t disappointed. Edwin proved very

The intersection between clinic law and health: responding to issues faced by people with HIV

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

HALCO's Ryan Peck:"The fact is that rights, especially for marginalized communities, are constantly under attack."

The intersection between clinic law and health: responding to issues faced by people with HIV

Note: This speech was presented by Ryan Peck, Executive Director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) upon accepting the Legal Aid Ontario 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award. Before focusing on what we at HALCO humbly refer to as holistic and revolutionary (or at least incremental reformist) lawyering, as well as on legal injustices facing people with HIV, I pay tribute to the countless who are no longer with us. HALCO was founded in a dark time. Death was an everyday experience and p

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Sexual health advocates hope this will make widen access to PrEP, the medication that helps prevent people contracting HIV

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

To read the complete article by David Hudson visit Gay Star News, here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has approved the first generic form of PrEP. PrEP is medication that can be taken by someone to prevent them becoming infected with HIV. It’s a daily pill of Truvada, produced by Gilead Sciences. Truvada is a combination of Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate The use of PrEP has been credited with driving down HIV infection rates in countries where it has

Those offended by #NoJusticeNoPride should learn LGBT history.

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: on the racist LGBT response to #NoJusticeNoPride

Those offended by #NoJusticeNoPride should learn LGBT history.

No Justice No Pride protesters blocking the Capital Pride Parade. (Photo: Dylan Comstock) Hell hath no fury like a privileged white gay man who has waited too long for the next pride parade contingent to sashay by. When #NoJusticeNoPride blocked the DC Pride parade route on June 10, causing an hour delay to an already epic three-hour parade, you could hear the ice cubes impatiently rattling in Bloody Mary glasses for blocks. Revelers at three locations on the route were forced to co

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a survey showing twice as much interest in PrEP as in surveys done last year

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), 50% would consider taking it within the next six months and 79% would either take it some time in the future or want to learn more about it. The survey was a brief one both in terms of its appearance online (from 5 to 24 January this year) and in terms of its length (only ten questions taking, it was estimated,

U=U and the overly-broad criminalization of HIV nondisclosure

published: June, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE Blog, Nicholas Caivano and Sandra Ka Hon Chu give their take on the legal ramifications of Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U).

U=U and the overly-broad criminalization of HIV nondisclosure

People living with HIV in Canada have been charged with some of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code, even in cases of consensual sex where there was negligible or no risk of HIV transmission, no actual transmission and no intent to transmit. The Undetectable=Untransmittable (“U=U”) campaign is based on scientific research, including the ground-breaking PARTNER study, establishing that when a person living with HIV on treatment maintains an undetectable viral load for at least

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

published: June, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From the New York Times, Gardiner Harris reports on the likely results if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

A health worker testing a patient for H.I.V. in Homa Bay County, Kenya. Credit: Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted. The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for about 11.5 million peo

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